Spice – cardamom – has been known since ancient times. Even in ancient times, this spice was supplied to Europe by the Phoenicians and Arabs.
Cardamom is grown in India, Sri Lanka, on the island of Java – in countries with a tropical climate. It is used in the preparation of various dishes, has a specific rich burning, spicy and spicy taste. Cardamom has also found application in cosmetology and medicine.
Cardamom is a perennial herb with a powerful trunk. Its fruits are boxes with seeds, which are used for various purposes. The main beneficial component of cardamom is an essential oil. Cardamom seeds also contain starch, fatty oils, sugar, protein, iron, zinc, gum.
The use of cardamom perfectly affects the taste and smell of other dishes, giving them piquancy and sophistication. In India, cardamom is put in many dishes, including and meat.
1. The aroma of cardamom is able to improve mood, tone up, relieve headaches, positively affect brain function.
2. Chewing several seeds freshens the breath, relieves weakness and fatigue.
3. Cardamom seeds are good aphrodisiacs.
4. Adding them to tea or coffee reduces the harmful effects of caffeine.
5. Cardamom seeds have a stimulating effect on the digestive system, help with bloating. Excite your appetite.
6. Cardamom also has a warming, antiseptic effect, so it is often used for colds and fevers.
7. For heart disease, tea with cardamom, cumin, and fennel.
Potassium, calcium, and magnesium present in cardamom regulate blood pressure and heart rate
8. Cardamom also has an excellent effect on the nervous system and vision.
9. Enhances potency in men and libido in women.
10. It improves blood circulation in the lungs and is useful to those who suffer from colds, bronchitis, and asthma. This “warm” spice heats the body from the inside and helps cough up phlegm. A few drops of cardamom oil can be added to boiling water and used for inhalation.
11. It treats urinary tract infections, removes toxins from the kidneys. This is the least known property of cardamom.
12. Cardamom contains the substances “indole-3-carbinol” and “diindole-methane”, which help fight cancer of the prostate, ovary, and breast.
13. Cardamom has copper, iron, vitamins C, B2 and B3 – all that is needed to combat anemia. A pinch of cardamom in a glass of milk helps remove weakness and other symptoms of the disease.
14. Cardamom is an excellent source of manganese, a mineral that plays a key role in the production of enzymes that destroy free radicals.
15. Cardamom stimulates the secretion of gastric juice. If you feel heavy after a hearty meal, chew cardamom. It activates the salivary glands and improves the functioning of the stomach.
In India in ancient times, it was still used in the treatment of obesity. The principle of its operation is based on the fact that spices act on the metabolism as catalysts (accelerating) or inhibitors (slowing it down). Cardamom also refers to substances many times accelerating the metabolism and stimulants of digestion. Due to this, there is a rapid burning of calories and weight loss when it is consumed. For weight loss, cinnamon and red chili pepper are involved in a complex with cardamom. Cinnamon has an important function in lowering glucose levels, helping its metabolism. Red chili pepper also helps metabolic processes in the body and burn fat.
However, despite all the useful properties of cardamom, there are contraindications to its use – these are diseases of the stomach and individual intolerance.